Good equipment it’s really critical for a photographer, but what exactly do you need as a professional photographer?

It really depends on what area of photography will you be perusing, so let’s have a look at it step by step.

Portrait photography

As a starting photographer you want to do something where you need as little equipment as possible, like portrait photography. There are just few things that you will need for portrait photography. The first thing it’s quite cheap long lens, it doesn’t even have to be a zoom lenses for that matter. 70mm would be great for the job and of course with your lenses you’ll need a decent body. It be great if you could get a full frame, even some older type like canon mark 2 or 3 are definitely a great option.

When I started with portrait photography I had just a camera and 70mm, for lighting I haven’t spent a dime as I used a window in by bedroom instead of soft box. Of course you can you can take the portrait photos outside, but for that you will need a reflector, to help you get some soft light. Without a reflector your headshots are going to look really unprofessional.

Wedding Photography

Now let’s say that you want to be a wedding photographer. The equipment in that case will be quite expensive. You will have to have two cameras, one with long lens, for the close ups, something like 75-300 would be great. And on the other camera you should have wide lens, something like 18- 50 so you can capture wide angle shots. Benefit of having two cameras it’s that you don’t have to be wasting time by changing the lenses, and missing the important moments that will never repeat. The other reason for that it’s that when you’re photographing events that will never repeat you need to have a backup camera in case that one breaks.

The other thing that you need as a wedding photographer it’s a flash, the reason for that it’s that in churches there’s usually not enough light, and if you don’t want to have all your images underexposed, you have to have it.

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The issue of climate change has been a controversial topic for centuries. While the blame game continues, with some pointing fingers at man’s activity for drastic climatic changes, science has also proved that natural phenomena like solar flares could also be a cause for climate change. Due to intense magnetic activity there are instances where hot and gassy ejections are experienced from the sun’s corona; what is referred to as solar flares. Sunspots reach peak after every 11 years according to scientist. This Solar Maximum has doubled in recent years and therefore that means in simple terms that the sun is now glowing brighter than it did a couple of years ago. On the other hand, solar wind originates from the sun and is responsible for the atmospheric phenomena on earth. Some of these manifestations are visible to humans in form of light shows.

For the skeptics who still strongly hold the belief that human has induced climate change, global warming is a cause for these sunspots variations. The increase in the sunspots activity and increased global temperatures is an indication of tampering with the natural atmosphere. The earth’s climate is seriously affected by the variations in solar energy. Scientists hold various differing views on the matter. There is the majority group which views sunspots and solar wind have a very minimal effect in our temperatures. Others feel that these variations play a major role in defining today’s climate. So if carbon emissions are reduced, only then can people know to what extent natural influences have an impact in the earth’s atmosphere. However, there are certain points of arguments given by experts to show that solar activity is not linked to global warming;


  • There has been differences in solar activity over many centuries as shown by the two counts of sunspots
  • Calibration errors caused these solar alterations which also dates backs to centuries
  • Rising temperatures ever since industrialization began cannot be explained by solar spots.

Erroneous calculations corrected

Scientist always believed that sunspots have been increasing the temperatures ever since the harsh weather conditions of the 17th century. However, this view was corrected and the current records now prove that there has been no such peak in solar energy. Thus, there is no direct link to sunspots with global climatic change. The fact is that the solar activity has been in a stable condition since 1700 as the global temperatures continue to fluctuate during this time.

Previous calculations concluded that there was a close link between the solar activity and climate change. This relation came about as a result of low numbers of sunspots seen during the cold weather experienced between the 17th and 18th century. The early telescopes used in carrying out this study were limited in ability. This called into question the accuracy of the results of this study which showed a significant increase in solar activity for the past 300 years. Just about the time of the industrial revolution, many held that this was the main cause of these temperature fluctuations.

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Starting in 2007, Airbnb is a marketplace that is based online for people to rent out their whole properties or certain room in their houses to make an extra income from the space they are currently not using. A simple way to describe it is that Airbnb connects its customers to the property owners via there website and charge a fee of 3% for this service when a transaction between the two parties has taken place. The i is left to the property owner and the person renting to organise the times and entry details.

There are many types of properties available which include from the very Grand to a single room or even a tree house.The websites original name was changed to its current status in 2009.

The Airbnb company has expanded since and has reported massive growth. so much so, that in 2011 they reported that the have received their 5 millionth booking.

During 2013, it was revealed that they have had nine million people as customers since the company began and this demonstrate how far they have come since the early days.

The company has also been attached to some famous names and brands. The actor Ashton Kutcher from the TV show two and a half men is an investor and the company has also promoted themselves by sponsoring a F1 Racing team.

There website has been completely re-designed with an updated company logo. Also a new app has been developed. The company has also bought some of its competitors in the market to help strengthen their position.

The biggest countries that Airbnb operate in most are the USA, Australia, Indonesia and Thailand. The European cities that it operates in are London, Berlin, Moscow and Rome to name just a few.

You can go to the official site and browse the properties at you own leisure.

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